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  • AMD FX-8350 and FX-6300 Power to Performance Overclocking Test

    By Dustin Sklavos on

    Intel has been beating AMD on every front but price for a couple of generations now as the Bulldozer microarchitecture and its descendants have had an unpleasant uphill climb. Power consumption, performance per clock, it all takes its toll. However, we took a couple of AMD's most popular chips for a test drive and found that things aren't anywhere near as bad as benchmarks might lead you to believe. Quite the opposite, actually.
  • Memorable Overclocking-Friendly CPUs

    By Graham Singer on

    Enthusiasts have been pushing the limits of silicon for as long as microprocessors have existed. Early endeavors involved soldering and replacing crystal clock oscillators, but evolving standards brought options for changing system bus speeds via motherboard DIP switches and jumpers, while some of the most daring would gain boosts through hard modding. These are but a few of the landmark processors revered for their overclocking prowess.
  • Impact of Temperature on Intel CPU Performance

    By Matt Bach on

    Older CPUs would simply fail if they started to overheat, but modern CPUs adjust their frequency based on temperature (among other things) to prevent a dramatic failure. Because of this, it stands to reason that once you reach certain temps, you will no longer be getting the maximum performance from your CPU because it will be busy protecting itself. But what is that temperature? And do you really need a high-end liquid-cooled system to get peak performance?
  • It's Time to Reinvent the Digital Pen

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    For the pen to ever have mainstream adoption, it should be used consistently no matter where you are, like the mouse or keyboard. Ideally, you should be able to write, draw and mark-up with the pen everywhere. The pen doesn't ever need to be a mouse replacement.
  • The Best Tech Deals and Discounts for Students

    By Shawn Knight on

    Getting the most out of each dollar is absolutely critical for many students working towards a four-year college degree, but what most don't realize is that their college education can start paying dividends even before they step on campus. To help the millions of broke college students out, we've compiled a list of some of the top tech-related discounts from a variety of vendors, for anyone enrolled at an institution of higher education.
  • The 12 Best Games on PC

    By Kotaku Staff on

    PC gamers have got a pretty great thing going. Interesting, experimental indie games? Yup. The shiniest, most visually impressive versions of big-budget games? Yeah, they get a lot of those, too. Let's say you've recently joined the ranks of the PC elite. What games should you install? Well, you can start out with the games listed on this roundup.
  • The Best Graphics Cards: Nvidia vs. AMD at Every Price Point

    By Steven Walton on

    It's been an eventful year for GPU releases with updated models and prices across all budgets from both AMD and Nvidia. With no more releases from either camp for the remainder of the year the competition will likely center on price. That's exciting news for those of you who have a shiny new GPU at the top of your Christmas list. Let's break down each price bracket to determine which company offers the best value product.
  • I Played 3 Hours of Dragon Age: Inquisition and It's Awesome

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is third main title in BioWare's action RPG series, and it's a much more expansive and ambitious game than those that came before it. The graphical detail on Ultra settings is jaw-dropping: from the particle effects, to lighting and textures... it is easily the most visually astounding RPG game I have ever played.
  • The Best Android Phones of 2014

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Throughout the year I have reviewed and had hands-on time with a large number of smartphones, especially from the Android camp, simply because there's such a sheer volume of them on the market today. I've used all the flagships from HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony and more. These are some of my thoughts on the best that's out there.
  • What If Microsoft Had Released an "Officebook" Instead of the Surface RT

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    What if Microsoft had just branded the Surface as an Office-dedicated device? Let's call it the Microsoft 'Officebook'. It's the thinnest and lightest portable computer for full Office. It's not a device for tech geeks; it's a device for the average consumer with simple requirements, and Office.
  • Secure Email and Cloud Alternatives to Gmail and Dropbox

    By Himanshu Arora on

    Users are increasingly turning to services that claim to be secure from the prying eyes of the NSA and law enforcement. In this article, we take a look at some of the privacy-focused email and cloud storage services that have either sprung up or gained popularity in the wake of what's popularly been referred to as the Summer of Snowden.
  • History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer, Part 5

    By Graham Singer on

    The personal computing business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and EPROM integrated circuits would help bring computing to the mainstream. This is the fifth and last installment in a series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.
  • History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer, Part 4

    By Graham Singer on

    The personal computing business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and EPROM integrated circuits would help bring computing to the mainstream. This is the fourth installment in a five-part series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.
  • What TechSpot Writers Want in Windows 10

    By TechSpot Staff on

    We asked TechSpot's staff what they thought of the Windows 10 announcement and what changes they would like to see on Microsoft's new OS iteration.
  • History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer, Part 3

    By Graham Singer on

    The personal computing business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and EPROM integrated circuits would help bring computing to the mainstream. This is the third in a five-part series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.
  • Switching away from Outlook or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Gmail

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    Today I'll refer to how I recently set up my email accounts for best efficiency leveraging one service you probably already use: Gmail, but in a specific context. To combat spam and unify my inboxes everywhere.
  • History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer, Part 2

    By Graham Singer on

    The personal computing business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and EPROM integrated circuits would help bring computing to the mainstream. This is the second in a five-part series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.
  • 10 Tips for Good Smartphone Photography

    By Tim Schiesser on

    While it's interesting to know and understand what constitutes a digital camera module, that won't help much when it comes to actually taking a photo on your smartphone. From a photography enthusiast and mobile hardware reviewer, here are 10 tips to take awesome shots using your smartphone.
  • Microsoft/Minecraft: How much did Redmond overpay?

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    The press is speculating that Microsoft is acquiring Minecraft so it can "tap into a cultural phenomenon" and entice players to Microsoft's platforms. I don't buy either explanation.
  • The History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer

    By Graham Singer on

    The personal computing business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and EPROM integrated circuits would help bring computing to the mainstream. This is the first in a five-part series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.
  • The iPhone 6 Is DOA and the iPhone 6 Plus Is the Killer

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    I don't even know why Apple bothered with the iPhone 6, because it will go the way of the iPhone 5C: a niche product; a consolation prize; the budget choice for Apple loyalists; something you get begrudgingly and regret later.
  • Apple and Google Tablets Moving to Microsoft Territory

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    The common refrain has been that tablets are for consumption and that laptops are for productivity, and never the twain shall meet. But it's a different world today, and now Apple and Google want to cross that bridge, too, into Microsoft territory. Apple with the iPad Pro, and Google with the new Nexus.
  • 5 Free Image Editing Solutions Worth a Look

    By Erik Orejuela on

    Adobe Photoshop has long been the gold standard for image editing among professionals and photo enthusiasts. But for the average user who just wants to touch up the occasional photo, it can be hard to justify the cost and it probably does more way than you really need or care to do. There are plenty of free alternatives and we've rounded out our picks.
  • Soon No One Will Care About a Phone's Battery Life

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    The fear of running out of battery wields such an extraordinary influence over how we use smartphones. We are never too far from a charger, and many of us carry a heavy, cumbersome power bank. I have good news: we are on the verge of true all day battery life.
  • Self-Encrypting Drives: A Brief Introduction and Step by Step Guide

    By Matt Bach on

    A SED, or self-encrypting drive, is a type of hard drive that automatically and continuously encrypts the data in it without any user interaction. What may surprise many is that a decent potion of the drives currently in the market are in fact SEDs. The method involves a Data Encryption Key that encrypts and decrypts data whenever data is written to the drive or read from it.
  • Price Is the Only Weapon Chromebooks Have Against Windows

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    On an absolute basis, one device is clearly better than the other; but the expectations for what a Chromebook is supposed to do is so much lower that, relatively, Acer's C720 Chromebook feels like a better device than it really is. Asus' popular T100 budget hybrid, on the other hand, gets compared to other Windows laptops (or the iPad Air) and doesn't look as good in the comparison.
  • Six Popular Linux Desktop Environments

    By Himanshu Arora on

    Unlike Windows and OS X, Linux allows you to fully customize not only the look and feel of your desktop, but also its functionality as well as settings, through different desktop environments. We do a brief overview of the most popular Linux desktop environments to give you an idea about what each has to offer and what suits you the best.
  • The Most Popular Computing Device Has Yet to Be Invented: The 15-Inch Tablet

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    I've wanted to write this for some time, but hadn't because there was no solid data to back-up my assertions. I do now. This is about why I believe the future of tablets (and by extension, computing) is 15-inches in display size, perhaps even 17-inches.
  • How Deus Ex Predicted the Future

    By Richard Wordsworth on

    Leaving aside its wackier conspiracy theories, it's the quality - the prescience - of Deus Ex's story that makes it such a great game to play in 2014. Somehow, it seems timely: moment after moment of sneering, political philosophising about money, health, corporations and the poor, punctuated by regular, 400-volt jolts of: wait, when was this written?
  • TechSpot PC Buying Guide

    By Steven Walton on

    The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers an in-depth list of today's best desktop PC hardware, spanning four unique yet typical budgets.